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Berries in a Nest

 Berries in a Nest
Iola Egle of Bella Vista, Arkansas enhances a medley of fresh berries with sugar, pepper and balsamic vinegar. Serve berries on lettuce. like Iola does, for a fun summer salad...or showcase them in pretty phyllo cups, as our Test Kitchen suggests, for an impressive dinner finale.
8 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 25 min.


  • 4 cups halved fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup fresh blackberries
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 8 sheets phyllo dough (14 inches x 9 inches)
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • In a large bowl, combine the strawberries, blackberries and
  • raspberries. Sprinkle with sugar; gently toss to coat. Let stand for
  • 20 minutes. Pour vinegar over berries; sprinkle with pepper. Gently
  • toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  • For phyllo nests, coat giant nonstick muffin cups with a cooking
  • spray; set aside. Unroll phyllo dough sheets; remove one sheet.
  • (White assembling, keep remaining dough covered with plastic wrap
  • and a damp cloth.)
  • For each nest, cut one sheet in half lengthwise and cut in thirds
  • widthwise. Stack three sections and place in a prepared cup; spray
  • with cooking spray. Stack remaining three sections and place in cup,

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Directions (continued)

  • alternating points. Spray with cooking spray. Combine the sugar and
  • cinnamon; sprinkle about 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon-sugar over dough.
  • Repeat with remaining sheets of dough.
  • Bake at 375° for 7-8 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 5
  • minutes before carefully removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Using a slotted spoon, fill each nest with about 3/4 cup berry
  • mixture. Drizzle with a small amount of juice. Serve immediately.
  • Yield: 8 servings.
Nutritional Facts: One filled nest equals 142 calories, 1 g fat (0.55 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 92 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 3 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 fruit, 1 starch.